Awake & Evolve: Cycle 2 – Basic Breathing Meditation

The second cycle of Awake & Evolve workouts focuses on using the breath, building upper body stamina, and fostering a habit of regular meditation.

“When the breath wanders the mind also is unsteady. But when the breath is calmed the mind too will be still, and the yogi achieves long life. Therefore, one should learn to control the breath”.

~Svatmarama, Hatha Yoga Pradipika~

Basic Breathing Meditation

First find a quiet place, get comfortable and close your eyes.

Allow yourself to relax as you notice your breathing: follow your breath as you breathe in and follow your breath as you breathe out.

Empty your mind from all distractions.

Continue to follow your breath in and follow your breath out as you behind to relax the mind.

Gradually slow down and deepen your breathing so you are breathing more slowly, more easily and more deeply.

Feel your chest rise as you breathe in and reach even more deeply into your lungs. Feel your breath lengthen as you gently exhale and relax more fully.

Raise your abdomen as you breathe more deeply. Feel yourself relaxing more and more as you breathe.

“6 Count Breath Technique”

Begin to breathe using a count of 6
Breathe in to a count of 6.
Hold your breath to a count of 6.
Breathe out to a count of 6.
Hold empty for a count of 6.

Feel yourself relax deeply.

Stay here with this breathing pattern for 5-10 minutes.

Notice the effects of this breathing practice on your stress levels and sense of well being.